New Year, new babies

The Tri-State area welcomes at least four new residents who were born Monday.

The Tri-State area welcomes at least four new residents who were born Monday.


TRI-STATE - Jessica Shatzer's son woke her Monday about 5 a.m. from inside the womb, and little more than seven hours later, the Greencastle, Pa., woman became a mother again at Chambersburg (Pa.) Hospital for what she says was the third and last time.

"This is it," said Shatzer, who at 12:11 p.m. was the first mother to give birth in 2007 in Franklin County, hospital charge nurse Cristy Montgomery said.

Less than an hour after giving birth to a 7-pound, 12 1/2-ounce son, Maurisio, Shatzer was relieved from what she said had been a "rough" pregnancy.

But everything "went smooth" at the hospital Monday, she said.

"My son's very excited," Shatzer said of her oldest child, Raul, 6. The boy's due date was Dec. 30, seven days after her son's birthday.


"He can't wait to come" to the hospital, Shatzer added.

Shatzer doubted her daughter, Margarita, 4, realized what was happening Monday. Her daughter's birthday is July 30.

"I don't think she's quite got the concept yet," Shatzer said of her "little princess."

The birth of Shatzer's child continues a pattern of late-arriving babies born on New Year's Day, Montgomery said.

At Washington County Hospital, Allison Elizabeth Droneburg was born Monday at 2:46 p.m., the third child born at the hospital since the beginning of the new year.

The parents of the first two babies born on New Year's Day at the hospital declined to be interviewed.

Allison is the second child of Jennifer Barnhart and Ted Droneburg of Falling Waters, W.Va.

Right from the start of her pregnancy, Barnhart was told her due date was going to be Jan. 1, 2007. And she was right on target.

"We got to the hospital at 12:55 p.m.," Barnhart said, noting they put off coming in until they were really sure.

"I had had three false alarms before," she said.

Weighing in at 9 pounds, 4 ounces, Allison has a brother, Andrew Joseph Droneburg, who is almost 21 months old, waiting at home for her.

Barnhart, 20, is employed by Citi. Her son has been in day care there since he was baby, and Allison will be joining him when Barnhart returns to work.

"We've been really happy with the care there," Barnhart said.

Droneburg is an electrician, Barnhart said.

Barnhart is the daughter of Karen and Rick Painter of Knoxville, Md.

As of 8:45 p.m., no babies had been born at City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va., or at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va., according to nursing staff.

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